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Ventura teen shot in leg, suspect apprehended

A 17-year-old Ventura girl was shot in the leg, and an 18-year-old male suspect was arrested in connection with the incident which occurred in the area of Acadia Place and Shenandoah Street on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011.

February 18, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A 17-year-old Ventura girl was shot in the leg, and an 18-year-old male suspect was arrested in connection with the incident.

The California Highway Patrol received a 911 call from the teen shortly before 4 p.m. on Thursday saying that she had been shot.

The call, which was made from a cellular phone, disconnected, but police were able to map out the location of the phone call to the area of Acadia Place and Shenandoah Street.

Ventura police tried to call the teen back but could not get through.

Witnesses told responding officers that they heard a possible gunshot coming from a particular condominium.

Officers repeatedly tried to contact the individuals inside the condominium. After some time, the wounded teen opened and door and exited the condominium. The suspected shooter, 18-year-old Daniel Chavez of Ventura, also came out.

The teen was treated at the scene by paramedics for a gunshot wound to her lower leg and transported to the Ventura County Medical Center where she was listed in stable condition.

Upon investigation, police found out that Chavez was in a bedroom in the condominium. At some point, the gun discharged and struck the teen in the leg. The circumstances of the shooting were under investigation.

Chavez was booked into Ventura County Jail on multiple charges including assault with a deadly weapon and felon in possession of a firearm.

A handgun with its serial number removed was found inside the residence.

If you have any information regarding this incident, you're urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-TIPS.